Author: Randi B. Hagi
School board moves ahead with approach that could save money and time on new high school construction
The Harrisonburg City School Board unanimously passed a resolution in a special meeting Monday morning to consider an unsolicited proposal from Nielsen Builders, Inc., to oversee both the design and construction of the new high school. This proposal, if accepted, could lower the cost and speed up the school’s completion.
School board considers whether boosting amount of sick pay buyout at retirement will discourage teacher absences
The Harrisonburg City School Board is considering increasing the amount retired teachers could receive for unused sick days but will continue to debate the merits of the proposal during a future work session.
Council crafts vision for Hburg to be Valley’s ‘capital’ by 2039 and charts first set of priorities to get there
After first crafting their vision for what they want Harrisonburg to be in 20 years, city council members and top city leaders emerged from their three-day retreat on Sunday with a clearer idea of their priorities — including building the new high school and developing a comprehensive housing plan. Overall, the council members identified 22 priorities during their retreat at Hotel Madison that they hope to act on in the next three years.
The courtroom was chilly as participants in the afternoon hearing on a recent Thursday trickled in. Some were alone, others entered with partners and family members. But this wasn’t like many other court proceedings, marked by tension and conflict.
Some city board applicants don’t fill out their paperwork but get appointed anyway. The council is considering changing that.
Harrisonburg City Council members will consider establishing a clearer process for making appointments to city boards and commissions after the issue arose for the third council meeting in a row Tuesday night.
Six years ago, residents made the case for a Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Here’s how one man says it paved the way for more progress.
In 2013, Stan Maclin — joined by like-minded citizens — began making appeals to the Harrisonburg City Council to rename a street after civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. “There was no reflection of the accomplishments of an African American in the 20th century,” he said.
The Feb. 12 City Council meeting will be when school board officials present the updated construction cost estimates to city council members so they can consider how quickly to move forward with the new high school building.
“Good job, ladies! Good job,” said Mayor Deanna Reed, before a standing ovation from about 80 people at the city council meeting on Tuesday evening. The applause celebrated the council’s support for Virginia ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution. Small girls with their mothers and men sporting ERA buttons were among those clapping alongside eight women who had worked on the issue since Congress first passed the amendment in 1972.